Florida Declares State Of Emergency As Red Tide Spreads

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Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency because of the toxic algae bloom that's killing wildlife and tourism.

Other counties in the state that have been directly affected include Collier, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, and Pinellas.

Lee County, at the center of the outbreak, has received a total of $1.3 million for its cleanup efforts, according to Scott's statement, while tourism agency Visit Florida has been granted $500,000 in an effort to bolster flagging tourism across areas of the state affected by red tide. The Sunshine State has not seen a bloom of this magnitude in more than a decade. As of the end of last week it had reached Anna Maria Island just south of Tampa Bay but did not continue any further north.

Executive order 18-221 will allocate $1.5 million in funds to state agencies, including $100,000 to Mote Marine Laboratory to assist local scientists in saving distressed animals, $500,000 to the stats's public/private marketing arm Visit Florida to combat the disgusting images of dead fish, and $900,000 to Lee County to actually clean up the dead fish.

According to Scott, the Mote funding will allow the organization to deploy more scientists to save animals.

The Florida Wildlife Research Institute said that the number of dead or stranded sea turtles about three times higher than average, Fox News reported.

As well, Scott is directing more than $100,000 to Mote Marine Laboratory, which on Monday conducted a dolphin-rescue mission.

Part of the reason why the red tide is so prominent this season is because there are some leftover blooms from a year ago, Bob Weisberg, a professor of physical oceanography at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science, told ABC News.

This is the second emergency order sent out by Scott, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, to deal with a toxic algae bloom this summer. However, once the bloom is near land, it can be fueled by pollution from septic tank and sewage leaks, as well as fertilizer from farms and suburban lawns. Scott has tried to focus blame on the federal government and his opponent, Sen.

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